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Netflix spent more than $150 million in New Mexico in 2019
A year after finalizing an agreement to make Albuquerque its first United States production hub, Netflix reports it has exceeded its initial spending goal in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Economic Development Department and Netflix announced Wednesday that the California-based streaming giant spent more than $150 million, hired over 1,600 cast and crew members and worked with more than 2,000 production vendors in 2019, according to a release. After it announced it was going to purchase…

Oprah faces backlash over Sundance documentary
The Sundance Film Festival, which begins Thursday, usually generates buzz for potential Oscar winners and big box office hits. But this year, one documentary set to debut at the festival is causing problems for media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Variety reports. Last month, Winfrey pulled out her support for a documentary that details sexual misconduct allegations against Russell Simmons, the former rap star who now is a music producer. The film, "On The Record," interviews women in the music industry…

TikTok expands presence in Los Angeles area
Video-sharing social networking service TikTok is expanding its presence in Los Angeles as it moves into an expanded office space in Culver City. The company, which makes a popular app lets users make 15-second videos, said it’s new office sits at the heart of the L.A. tech and media scene and encompasses 120,000 square feet on five floors. The space features a fully open-floor plan interspersed with conference rooms, private phone booths, a stadium-style presentation and gathering space, and…

SpaceX to blast more satellites into orbit
Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX is targeting 10:54 a.m. on Jan. 24 to launch 60 satellites from Cape Canaveral. The launch — company’s third this year — is its latest move to build a constellation of satellites and provide internet service in the U.S. as early as this year.   The weather there on Jan. 24 is 80% favorable for launch, according to the 45th Weather Squadron — an Air Force unit based in Cape Canaveral. SpaceX livestreams its launches on its website. Launch dates and times…

Disney to sell FoxNext game studio to Scopely
Scopely Inc. has agreed to acquire the studio behind the blockbuster mobile game "Marvel Strike Force." The Walt Disney Co. will sell Fox Next Games Los Angeles to the Culver City mobile game company, as well as Cold Iron Studios in San Jose. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Disney (NYSE: DIS) had acquired FoxNext as part of its $71 billion acquisition of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox. FoxNext Games launched its debut title "Marvel Strike Force" in March 2018. The role-playing…

100 Thieves opens largest esports team facility in U.S.
The 100 Thieves Cash App Compound comprises 15,000 square feet with spaces for esports training, video game livestream broadcasting, content production and more.

Will he stay or will he bolt? Bets are that Tony Romo will stick with CBS
Where will Tony Romo broadcast games next season?

Honda and Toyota are recalling millions of vehicles in the U.S.
Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. announced separate recalls Tuesday affecting millions of vehicles. Both recalls were related to the vehicles' airbag systems. Toyota (NYSE: TM) said its recall was related to a electronic control unit (ECU) that might not deploy in the event of a crash. The company said it was recalling 2.9 million of certain 2011-2019 model year Corolla, 2011-2013 model year Matrix, 2012-2018 model year Avalon, and 2013-2018 model year Avalon Hybrid vehicles in the…

Amy Doyle steps down as general manager of MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo
Amy Doyle is leaving her role as executive vice president and general manager for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS’s entertainment and youth group, made the announcement internally Tuesday morning, reported Deadline. Doyle reported to McCarthy, who oversees MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel, VH1, Pop, CMT, TV Land and Logo. ViacomCBS (NYSE: VIA) is not expected to replace Doyle, according to Deadline. Instead, her duties will assumed…

Here’s when SpaceX plans to launch humans
Human space launches are one step closer to returning to Central Florida after a successful test launch. NASA and Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX are targeting second-quarter 2020 for a crewed launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said at a press conference following a safety test of Crew Dragon on Jan. 18. The safety test, which launched from Cape Canaveral, was one of the final milestones SpaceX needed to meet before it could attempt crewed launches.  The…